Woman filing lawsuit against Columbia Co., former Code Enforcement employee

Jimmy Vowell (WRDW-TV)
Jimmy Vowell (WRDW-TV)
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Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. -- Columbia County is now facing a lawsuit stemming from the alleged actions of a former Code Enforcement officer.

Erica Masters filed a complaint against the county as well as former employee Jimmy Vowell. Masters says Vowell came into her home while she was sleeping back in July of this year.

The lawsuit says Vowell was trying to serve Masters a notice that her grass had grown higher than 12 inches, which is against a county ordinance. When the front door was open, Vowell was caught on camera entering the home.

Vowell was fired by the county after the incident.

Masters is filing for invasion of privacy, emotional distress and more. She's also asking for at least $300,000 in physical and emotional losses.

Vowell's attorney Vic Hawk calls the claim a "frivolous suit involving a woman looking for a payday."

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